Language Access

All survivors of domestic or sexual violence should be able to access services and assistance – regardless of English proficiency or fluency.

MCADSV furthers this belief by promoting language access as a core service and best practice under our Service Standards and Guidelines. In addition, all direct service programs that receive federal funding are required to provide language access under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

The following multi-lingual tools are intended to assist survivors of violence and others working to increase their safety. For more information about language access, contact MCADSV at (573) 634-4161.


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Top 10 Ways You Can Prepare for Executive Action on Immigration

On November 20, 2014, the president announced his administration’s plan allowing certain undocumented Americans to come forward and apply for work authorization and protection from deportatio
n. This document outlines 10 ways individuals can prepare to apply for this relief.

Chinese-simplified, Chinese-traditional, Korean, Portuguese, Spanish
http://nilc.org/toptenwaystoprep.html

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ACLU Know Your Rights

The ACLU's Know Your Rights booklet provides effective and useful guidance in a user-friendly question- and-answer format regarding the rights of individuals living in the U.S. who come into contact with federal, state or local law enforcement. https://www.aclu.org/national-security/know-your-rights-when-encountering-law-enforcement

Arabic https://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_arabic.pdf

English https://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_english.pdf

Farsi https://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_farsi.pdf

Hindi https://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_hindi.pdf

Punjabi  https://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_punjabi.pdf

Somali https://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_somali.pdf

Spanish https://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_spanish.pdf

Urdu https://www.aclu.org/files/kyr/kyr_urdu.pdf

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Questions and Answers for Immigrant and Refugee Women

This pamphlet was written by the Family Violence Prevention Fund/Futures Without Violence for immigrant survivors of domestic violence and outlines basic legal rights and options. http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/section/our_work/women_and_girls/_key_resources_immigrant_women1/_questions_immigrant_refugee

Arabic http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/arabic.pdf

Chinese http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/chinese.pdf

English http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/english.pdf

Korean http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/korean.pdf

Spanish http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/spanish.pdf

Tagalog http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/tagalog.pdf

Vietnamese http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/vietnamese.pdf

Russian http://www.futureswithoutviolence.org/userfiles/file/ImmigrantWomen/russian.pdf

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Deaf Power and Control Wheel 

DeafHope created this illlustrated Power and Control Wheel specifically for Deaf survivors of domestic violence.
http://www.ncdsv.org/images/DeafHope_DeafPowerControlWheel_2006.pdf

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DeafHope Videos in American Sign Language

DeafHope created these educational videos specifically for Deaf survivors and community members on a variety of topics including domestic violence, consent, rape culture, advocacy, etc. Each video has English subtitles, as well. 
http://www.deaf-hope.org/?page_id=6

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Do You Have Problems  at Home?

This brochure from the National Immigrant Women’s Project is designed for victims and their advocates.  It provides a basic overview of immigrant victims’ legal rights with regard to protection orders, custody, immigration options, access to public benefits and the dynamics of domestic violence experienced by immigrant victims.

Creole, English , French, Gujarati, Hindi, Russian, Spanish, Tagalog
http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/cultural-competency/multilingual-materials-for-victims/are-you-safe-at-home

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Department of Justice National Origin Discrimination Publication

This publication from the Department of Justice outlines federal laws prohibiting national origin discrimination, which make it illegal to discriminate because of a person's birthplace, ancestry, culture or language. It covers employment, housing and educational rights, among other issues. http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/

Arabic http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-ar.pdf

Cambodian http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-camb.pdf

Chinese http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-ch.pdf

Haitian-Creole http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-cre.pdf

English http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natorigin2.pdf

Hindi http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-hindi.pdf

Hmong http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-hmong.pdf

Korean http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-kor.pdf

Laotian http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-lao.pdf

Punjabi  http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-punjabi2.pdf

Russian http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-rus.pdf

Spanish http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg_spanish.pdf

Tagalog http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-tag.pdf

Vietnamese http://www.justice.gov/crt/publications/natlorg-viet.pdf

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Guide for Immigrant Youth

English, Korean, Spanish 

http://www.ilrc.org/resources/living-in-the-united-states-a-guide-for-immigrant-youth

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"I Speak" Pocket Cards

These two-sided pocket cards from the California Department of Social Services are in English on one side and the language of the limited English proficient individual’s choice on the other.  An individual can write their name on the blank line on both the English and the non-English language sides of the card. They can then cut along the border lines, place back-to-back with adhesive (glue or paste), and laminate the card. These cards can be shown to law enforcement, service providers, medical personnel, etc., as a way to ensure language access. http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/PG584.htm

Arabic http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngArb.pdf

Armenian http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngArm.pdf

Cambodian http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngCB.pdf

Chinese http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngCH.pdf

Farsi http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngFarsi.pdf

Hmong http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngHmong.pdf

 Lao http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngLao.pdf

Korean http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngKO.pdf

Russian http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngRS.pdf

Spanish http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngSP.pdf

Tagalog  http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngTag.pdf

Vietnamese http://www.cdss.ca.gov/civilrights/res/pdf/EngVN.pdf

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Language Identification Flash Card 

This U.S. Census Language Guide is designed to allow limited English proficient individuals to point to the language of their choice so an interpreter can be called.  It could be hung in entry areas or by office telephones as a way to ensure survivors know their language access needs will be met.
http://www.lep.gov/resources/ISpeakCards2004.pdf

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Department of Justice Know Your Language Rights

This Department of Justice pamphlet contains information for individuals who are limited English proficient and their advocates regarding language access rights.

Arabic, Cambodian, Chinese, Creole, English, Hmong, Korean, Russian, Spanish, Vietnamese   http://www.justice.gov/crt/about/cor/pubs.php

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National Center for Victims of Crime Stalking

This pamphlet from the National Center for Victims of Crime contains information about stalking and what to do if you or someone you know is being stalked.

English http://victimsofcrime.org/docs/src/aybs_english_bw.pdf?sfvrsn=2

Spanish http://victimsofcrime.org/docs/src/aybs_spanish_bw.pdf?sfvrsn=6

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USCIS VAWA U T

This pamphlet adapted by the National Immigrant Women’s Advocacy Project contains easy to understand information about the forms of immigration relief available to immigrant victims of violence, including information on VAWA, U and T visa relief, Special Immigrant Juvenile Status and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals. 

English, Spanish, Russian, Chinese, Korean

http://niwaplibrary.wcl.american.edu/cultural-competency/multilingual-materials-for-victims/dhs-immigration-options-for-crime-victims

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Visual Safety Plan

Each visual safety plan created by the National Immigrant Family Violence Institute contains pictures and words in English and another language for use with limited English proficient survivors of domestic violence. http://nifvi.org/

Arabic http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-Arabic.pdf

Bosnian http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-Bosnian.pdf

Burmese http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-Burmese.pdf

English http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-English.pdf

French http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-Burmese.pdf

Nepali http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-Nepali.pdf

Somali http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-Somali.pdf

Spanish http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-Spanish.pdf

Swahili http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-Swahili.pdf

Vietnamese  http://nifvi.org/pdf/Visual%20Safety%20Plan-Vietnamese.pdf

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Other helpful websites:

Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence:
http://apiidv.org

Domestic Violence Materials in Asian and Pacific Islander Languages:
http://apiidv.org/files/TranslatedMaterialsList-APIIDV-6.2011.pdf

Earth Words: Abuse Information in more than 80 languages: http://www.hotpeachpages.net/lang/index.html

Existe Ayuda
http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/pubs/existeayuda/

Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence (resources in Spanish, Vietnamese): http://www.kcsdv.org/

Texas Association Against Sexual Assault (resources in Spanish, Vietnamese, Burmese):
http://www.taasa.org/

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